Citizenlink quotes Kris Mineau, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, in its report on the Massachusetts legislature’s repeal of the 1913 law that was used to prevent out-of-state same-sex couples from marrying there:

With the protective barrier removed, out-of-state, same-sex couples who ‘marry’ here will sue to seek recognition in their home states … further eroding the people’s right to define marriage.

Wait a minute – “the people’s right to define marriage”? What happened to marriage being an age-old institution established by God himself? So if, say, the people of France decided that the benefits of marriage should be extended same-sex couples, the MFI would respect the “people’s right to define marriage”? Doesn’t seem likely.

It may be, as Emily K suggested to me, that Mineau really means “the people’s right to define marriage God’s way,” which in practical terms means “the people’s right to vote as long as they do so the way we tell them to.”  If that’s the case, it’s understandable that groups like the MFI would leave that part of the sentence unspoken.

And hey, this is politics; a little thing like the Ninth Commandment can hardly be allowed to get in the way of God’s own political agenda.

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